It’s Sunday afternoon, and all is quiet on the northern front – at least now it is! We just finished watching the Vikings/Cowboys game (B, you would be proud of my Cowboy blue sweater among all the purple and gold!) and it was a wild time at the Stranz’s! Their beloved Vikings beat – yea, slaughtered – the Cowboys, and they were beside themselves with excitement and delight, and their exuberance was at times deafening!
Now Bo, Emily, Arulai and I have repaired to their lovely home for a bit of respite. A.J. is asleep, Em is reading, Bo is making oatmeal (who knows…) and I am writing to you.
The plane trip here was fairly uneventful. I boarded the smallest plane I’ve ever seen, and told my seat-mate that I am entirely too large to be riding in this plane! My height plus my breadth seemed enormous as I walked down the narrow aisle to find my seat! There weren’t a great many passengers aboard this flight (I know, who goes to Minnesota in January?) so I ended up in a two-seat space by myself. The only issue I had at all was with my left ear. I had felt both ears adjusting to the altitude changes, and thought I had passed through this part with very little to no discomfort when suddenly it felt as though an ice pick were being plunged through my left eardrum!!! Seriously, it was horrible! I kept praying for it to finally pop, and when I didn’t think I could stand it any longer, it did! Ahhhhh, the relief!! Then the pain went away completely and I was fine the rest of the flight. I can even still hear in that ear!
Nathanael, Emily and Arulai met me at the baggage area, and my little precious granddaughter searched the crowd until she found me, and ran with delight to her Nonnie. And her Nonnie was hastening toward her, too, believe me! To be honest, I was just about overcome with joy at seeing all three of them! After hugs all around, we immediately went in search of food, then came home thinking we were all tired enough to just fall into bed and begin our visit in the morning. Of course, that didn’t happen. We got a surprise visit from Emily’s mama, Pam, and then Emily and I stayed up another hour at least. Bo was there in spirit, but his exhaustion overcame him and he fell asleep on the fold-out couch that was to be my bed. We did get everyone in their own beds eventually!
Thursday morning Emily and I got up anticipating a trip to the Mall of America and a bit of grocery shopping, but our Mall trip just didn’t happen. Instead, we slowed our pace and went to eat lunch with Nathanael, then grocery shopping on the way home. After putting all the groceries away we walked over to the Stranz’s home for dinner. That was far more an adventure to me than going to the Mall of America – walking around the block in the snow! It was amazing – and beautiful! I truly wouldn’t want to live with this kind of cold so many months of the year that these folks do, but this trip with all this snow has been a pleasure for me. It’s simply been wonderful.
The Stranz home is a delight to be in. I was able to see Barry (Dad Stranz) for a few moments before he drove out of town for his work, and then spend some [relatively] quiet time visiting with Pam (Mom Stranz) as the rest of the family moved in and out of the room. The evening was capped off with E.J. playing his guitar and singing for us – as Arulai danced. What fun it has been to see how these kids have grown and matured since I saw them last!
Friday, Emily, Pam and I went to lunch at The Good Earth restaurant. It was really good food, very nice atmosphere, and great company! We all hated to leave! Friday night was Emily’s one work night, so Arulai and I planned to stay home together and wait for Nathanael to come home. I got to cook dinner for us, and we really enjoyed our quiet evening, even though we hated that Emily had to be away! Bo did go visit Em and take her some dinner, so she got a cheery moment in her evening, too. Another joyous aspect to our evening was Sara’s visit. Arulai calls her Sarabody (her last name is Lightbody) and Arulai, Sarabody, and I enjoyed lots of talk, music, giggles, and food together.
I want to go on and on about more of my stay here, but I think I’ll post some of the pics I have and try to post again when I get home. My visit here ends Tuesday afternoon, and I am trying hard to focus on the hours I have left and not on the leaving!
This is their wonderful front porch. As my hubby would say, it has great potential! Since they moved in basically in the winter, they haven’t had opportunity to do anything with it, but I can’t wait until our June visit – it will be an amazing space!
I have enjoyed such a precious visit with my kids this week. Yesterday we went to the National Eagle Center – AMAZING!! Today I had the privilege of worshiping with their church, and what a time of worship, teaching, and discussion we had. I came away blessed, for sure, and I believe God was glorified. Tomorrow, Arulai, Emily and I are going to the Zoo, and I can’t wait! I will probably not post anymore until I get back home. My family has assured me that all is well there, which has truly allowed me to be “all here” during my visit. It has been good!
God bless your day!